The sudden appearance of chilly mornings and falling dry leaves announces the arrival of autumn.
In Chinese medicine, autumn is the season of the element Metal, which is represented by your Lungs and Large Intestine. Both of these organs are eliminatory channels, which help you 'let go' of what is no longer needed in your lives. Unresolved emotions such as grief or sadness, which is evidently stored in the Lungs, will manifest as physical symptoms. This is the time of the year that dry coughs, acute respiratory congestion, asthma, sneezing, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, sinus headaches, allergies and gastro-intestinal complaints are likely to occur.
To prevent any illness it is time to strengthen and nourish your Lungs and Large Intestine by eating the seasonal foods that I have described below, but also by introducing more pungent or spicy foods into your diet; ginger, cinnamon, garlic, wasabi, paprika, chilli, to name a few. Begin with steaming and boiling your food. The aim of this is to build up your blood so it keeps you warm as the weather cools down.
Element - Metal
Season - Autumn
Organ - Lungs and Large Intestine
Emotion - Grief
Foods and Flavour - Spicy
Fruit avocado, apples, blackberries, banana, cumquat, feijoa, fig, grapefruit, grapes, guava, kiwi fruit, limes, organges, papaya, passionfruit, pear, persimmon, plum, pomegranate, quince, rhubarb, rockmelon, tamarillo
Vegetables artichoke, asian greens, beans, beetroot, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, fennel, kale, leek, mushrooms, okra, olives, onions, parsnip, peas, potato, pumpkin, radish, silverbeet, spinach, squash, sweet potato, turnip, witlof, zucchini
Herbs and Spices thai basil, chervil, chilli, chives, coriander, dill, garlic, ginger, kaffir lime, lemongrass, mint, Vietnamese mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme, lemon thyme
Seafood atlantic salmon, yellow fin bream, tiger flathead, southern garfish, sea mullet, King George whiting, blue swimmer crab, mud crab, Sydney rock oyster, king prawn, tiger prawn, squid
It gives me so much pleasure to share my autumn that nourish, nurture and strengthen your Lungs and Large Intestine, but ultimately help restore and maintain your Qi! All recipes are gluten and sugar free.